Seetha Raghavan (PhDAAE ’08) earned the Aerospace Educator Award by WIA, a professional organization dedicated to expanding women’s opportunities for leadership, education and visibility in the aerospace community
Jim Luckring (BSAAE ’73, MSAAE ’74) was awarded for “vision and leadership to advance theoretical, experimental, and computation aerodynamics for separated flows, numerical uncertainty quantification, and CFD validation,” according to NASA.
William Gerstenmaier called it a "tremendous honor" to be presented with an honorary doctorate by President Mitch Daniels at Spring Commencement for his accomplishments as one of NASA’s most influential leaders and administrators.
“I don’t think I would have been on that ship if Purdue hadn’t been in my background,” says Beth Moses (BSAAE ’92, MSAAE ’94) on her VSS Unity flight in February that reached space, “so it just seemed like I needed to honor that legacy.”
Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters, will receive an honorary doctorate in engineering during Purdue’s Division IV commencement at 2 p.m. on May 11.
As part of the inaugural Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellow program, AAE alumnus Paul Bevilaqua gave a three-day short course, “Introduction to V/STOL Theory and Practice,” participated in the Industrial Advisory Council’s ethics panel, and met with faculty and students.
Beth Moses became the first woman to fly to space on a commercial spaceship when Virgin Galactic's February 22nd test flight saw the three-person crew rocket into space at more than three times the speed of sound.